Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? How is it that I cry at the end of reading this book although I already knew the historical context of the Lovings? The book initially seems like it will only focus on the legal, emotional and physical battle that the Lovings went through to remain together as husband and wife and eventually as a family. Richard and Mildred knew each other from growing up together in their small rural town. Although the world was pretty segregated, their rural town was not as segregated as the rest of the world. There were many instances where racial lines mixed throughout their town. The Lovings never thought they were a political family but the mere existence of their love was a radical declaration on what our country needed to focus on in terms of race. As I read the book I thought about what I would do in these situations. The Lovings had the option to just stay in Washington DC where their marriage was legal. However, they kept fighting for it to be legal in the rural town that they grew up in and where they wanted to raise their children. The ultimate and untimely death of Richard weighed on my heart heavily. They spent so much of their marriage fighting and hiding from law enforcement that they only got to spend a short amount of time as a legally-married couple. The book then connects the work that the Lovings did to the continuous fight for equality for same sex marrages. We get the history of the Stonewall Riots and the immense work that same sex couples have put in to be recognized as legal. At the end of the book the author also provides additional books for those interested in social justice topics. There are many black and white photographs included in this book. Some of the pictures are of the Lovings, some with their children and many photos of the marriage licenses. They also included photos of others who are fighting for the legalization of same sex marriages.
Anything you did not like about the book? This was a quick short read that was still packed with so much information. There is nothing I did not like about the book.
To whom would you recommend this book? This book would be great for a middle school student working on a history project about the legalization of interacial marriages and same sex marriages. The book is very informational but is presented at a reading level that is not difficult to follow for middle school students.
Who should buy this book? Middle schools and high schools
Where would you shelve it? 323
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA
Date of review: 2/15/2021